Our church celebrates freedom of belief and welcomes individuals and families of all backgrounds and faiths. Unitarian Universalism does not advocate a particular creed. We come together because of our shared commitment to values and to ways of living, not to religious dogma. See “What Is UU?” for more about the long history and tradition of Unitarian Universalism. The Strafford Universalist Society is the second oldest in Vermont and fourth oldest in the nation. Though the society was dormant for several years in the 1980s and 1990s, we are now growing again, meeting in the “new” church built in 1833 in South Strafford. We hope you will join us.
Sunday September 6 at 10 a.m. Water Communion
Everyone is invited to bring to the service a small amount of water from a place that is special to them. People one by one pour their water into a common vessel. As the water is added, the person who brought it may tell why this water is special to them. The combined water is symbolic of our shared faith coming from many different sources. This service will be held at the church, outdoors if the weather is nice. Masks and physically distanced for everyone’s safety.
Sunday September 20 at 10 a.m. Baha’i Faith Fireside
Learn about principles and beliefs of the faith, history, main figures and how it relates to current events. Q & A to follow. This service will be held at the church. Masks and physically distanced for everyone’s safety. Bring a sweater; our church is not heated.
Our UU Community
While we are all looking for ways to maintain our community connections and keep our spirits up while we stay safe and do our part to slow the spread of the virus, there are many options each Sunday for connecting with the UU community. Here are a few of them:
Close to home-
First Universalist Society of Hartland VT – Worship service every Sunday at 10 via Zoom or telephone
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Upper Valley – Worship service every Sunday at 10 via Zoom. Other activities also available via Zoom during the week.
North Universalist Chapel Society in Woodstock – Worship service every Sunday at 10 via Facebook Live.
Another easy to connect with congregation who has welcomed our members who wish to use this time to branch out a bit more-
Arlington Street Church – Worship service every Sunday at 11 via Zoom or telephone. Other activities also available during the week.
There are many more to check out in this list provided by the UUA.
For those who would like to use this time for quiet individual reflection, the UU website offers many resources to explore such as this searchable on-line library.
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